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Which So-Cal Beach Town is Your So-Cal Beach Town? 1080 809 White Sands Design/Build

Which So-Cal Beach Town is Your So-Cal Beach Town?

If you’re dreaming of the ocean but not sure where in the South Bay to build, this post is for you.

When we hear “Los Angeles County,” most of us think about the city of Los Angeles. But Los Angeles County is made up of 88 cities, each with their own distinctive character.

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home gym ideas: turning basement into a gym
Spending Lots of Time At Home? Need More Exercise? How To Turn Your Basement Into A High-Tech Home Gym 1080 720 White Sands Design/Build

Spending Lots of Time At Home? Need More Exercise? How To Turn Your Basement Into A High-Tech Home Gym

Billiards and ping-pong tables are nice, but your basement can be more exciting. Think home bouldering walls, indoor lap pools, interactive exercise mirrors…If you’re interested in transforming your basement into a unique, expertly-designed home gym, keep reading.

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Beach House Maintenance 101 1080 1276 White Sands Design/Build

Beach House Maintenance 101

All houses need maintenance, but beach houses require extra TLC. Here’s how to do it in Southern California.

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open floor plans
So Many Variables In Custom Design! Do You Want A Traditional or Open Floor Plan—Which Is Best For Your Beach House? 1080 717 White Sands Design/Build

So Many Variables In Custom Design! Do You Want A Traditional or Open Floor Plan—Which Is Best For Your Beach House?

The open floor plan has become extremely popular, but don’t underestimate the advantages to distinct rooms, with real walls. My husband and I just purchased…

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passive solar energy and natural lighting at dining room table
Great Design Makes Great Use of Natural Light 1080 720 White Sands Design/Build

Great Design Makes Great Use of Natural Light

Natural light plays a powerful role in good design. Ignoring natural light is a tragic—and rookie—mistake for Southern California beach homes. We live in Southern…

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Design a Workspace that Actually Works Today: Smart Home Office Ideas To Benefit The Whole Family 1600 2000 White Sands Design/Build

Design a Workspace that Actually Works Today: Smart Home Office Ideas To Benefit The Whole Family

Many of us want to work from home these days, even as offices reopen. The way that we work has changed, and this change has…

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Spending More Time At Home? We All Need Better-Designed Residential Spaces 1080 719 White Sands Design/Build

Spending More Time At Home? We All Need Better-Designed Residential Spaces

We’re at home a lot these days, and we’re asking a lot of our spaces. We need our domestic environments to be safe, comforting, and…

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california home costs
What’s Most Important When Building Your California Beach House—Design, Time or Budget? 1080 682 White Sands Design/Build

What’s Most Important When Building Your California Beach House—Design, Time or Budget?

All of our clients want their California beach house to be built fast and on-budget, with the finest finishes and furnishings. But custom building is…

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Want to Live in a Boho Paradise? Custom Build in Hermosa Beach 599 387 White Sands Design/Build

Want to Live in a Boho Paradise? Custom Build in Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach is like Manhattan Beach’s spunky younger sister—just as stunning, but a little more boho, more into nightlife, a tad more funky. Although in…

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Deciding on an Architectural Style For Your Custom Beach House? Discover Today’s Best Beach House Styles With This Helpful Guide 900 653 White Sands Design/Build

Deciding on an Architectural Style For Your Custom Beach House? Discover Today’s Best Beach House Styles With This Helpful Guide

You want to build your California beach house in the South Bay. You know what zoning regulations your Manhattan Beach lot falls under. You know…

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Don’t Get Overwhelmed! Check Out Our Guide To Choosing The Right Doors & Windows For Your New Home 1200 1799 White Sands Design/Build

Don’t Get Overwhelmed! Check Out Our Guide To Choosing The Right Doors & Windows For Your New Home

You make a lot of decisions when you custom build. You may find yourself thinking about things you’ve never considered before, like doors and windows. Do…

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Hawlie and her family in Manhattan Beach, California
Got Fur? Got Mess? How to Design Today’s Kid And Pet Friendly Luxury Home 1330 1999 White Sands Design/Build

Got Fur? Got Mess? How to Design Today’s Kid And Pet Friendly Luxury Home

Your beach house can be kid and pet friendly without being boring or cluttered. Our clients sometimes assume that all the character and refinements have…

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